Spring is Ankle Sprain Season in Michigan

Spring is ankle sprain season in Tri-county Michigan

(Warren, MI) Spring is sports season for many amateur athletes and weekend warriors in the Tri-county Michigan area. It’s also ankle sprain season for one area foot and ankle surgeon.

Anthony Weinert, DPM, FACFA, a board certified foot and ankle surgeon with offices in Warren and Troy, says ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries he treats this time of year.

“As people emerge from their winter hibernation and start to get active again, they can injure their ankles playing sports such as basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer,” He says.

Anyone who injures an ankle requires prompt medical treatment, whether it’s their first sprain or their fifth. Rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.) can reduce swelling and pain until the ankle can be evaluated and treated by a foot and ankle surgeon. A sprain may not always be a sprain; the ankle could be fractured.

Dr. Weinert notes that many athletes develop chronic ankle instability from repeated ankle sprains, causing their ankle to frequently “give way.” In some cases these players may require surgery. Proper rehabilitation of an ankle sprain reduces the likelihood of developing chronic ankle instability.

Dr. Weinert shares three spring ankle sprain prevention tips:

1. Perform warm-up stretches and exercises before playing sports.

2. Wear the right shoes for the sport. For example, don’t wear running shoes for sports that involve a lot of side-to-side movement, such as tennis and basketball.

3. Wear an ankle brace if you’re recovering from an injury or have repeatedly sprained your ankle.

FootHealthFacts.org is the consumer Web site of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Dr. Weinert is a Fellow of the ACFAS and Board Certified in Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Weinert can be contacted at either his Warren office at 586-751-3338 (FEET) or his Troy office at 248-362-3338 (FEET). Feel free to visit Dr. Weinert’s office website for patient education and informative videos at : www.stopfeetpainfast.com

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